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Monday, February 18, 2013 3:59 PM


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LEIPSIC - Saturday night saw two Putnam County League boys basketball teams taking center stage at the home of the Leipsic Vikings as Todd Turnwald’s Ottoville Big Green came to town for their annual league showdown.

The game marked two different styles in play this year as the Vikings’ up-tempo pace took on the more deliberate style from the Big Green.


The game was what you expect in the PCL as both teams landed one punch after another and the lead sea-sawed back and forth until the Vikings stopped a last-second 3-point shot by the Big Green to preserve a 55-52 win and seal at least a tie in the league depending on how the Columbus Grove Bulldogs did on the evening. The Bulldogs defeated Miller City to force Leipsic to win in their PCL finale at Fort Jennings Friday.


It was a bittersweet evening for the Viking faithful as they had to say goodbye to 10 seniors playing their final game for the purple and gold of head coach Scott Maag. Seniors Devin Mangas, Derek Steffan, Austin Brown, Caleb Barerra, Derrick Bennett, Mitch Kuhlman, Aric Schroeder, Josh Gerten, Leo Gerdeman and Collin Schroeder laced it up for the last night on the home court of the Vikings.

The first quarter of play saw both teams using their offensive styles to stay close as the Vikings had a 12-10 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Brown led the attack with eight points in the quarter. Junior Luke Schimmoeller kept his team close as he netted six points for the Big Green.

Both teams silenced the leading scorers in the first period throughout the second quarter; however, guard play on both teams picked up the pace as the Vikings extended their lead to 28-23 going into halftime.

Senior Derek Schimmoeller led the Big Green with six points and sophomore Tyler Roby buried a deep 3-ball to add to the Big Green’s 13 points in the quarter. Mangas led the Vikings’ attack — after going scoreless in the first — with nine points.

The third quarter saw the Big Green come right out and start chipping away at the Vikings’ lead but each time, the Vikings came right back and took the lead. Roby continued his hot shooting from the outside with two more 2 3-pointers and Austin Honigford added five points to contribute to their team’s 15 points in the stanza. The Vikings had balanced scoring throughout the period but got four big points off the bench from Kuhlman.

After three quarters of play, the Vikings led 42-38.

As was the case in the third quarter of play, the Big Green stormed out of the gate in the fourth and rallied all the way back to take a 43-42 lead at the 5:10 mark. However, the Vikings rode Brown’s back (9 points in the 4th), connected on 5-of-8 shots from the charity stripe and survived several last-second chances by the Big Green to tie the game to come away with the win on the evening.

The Vikings (17-4, 6-0 PCL) were led by the duo of Brown (22 points) and Mangas (14 points) on the night. The Vikings were only 17-43 from inside the arc for 40 percent, 38 percent (3-8) from beyond the arc and 12-17 (71%) from the foul line. They hauled down 27 boards and committed 16 turnovers.

The Big Green (8-13, 3-4 PCL) had three players score in double figures on the evening: Ryan Honigford (13 points), Luke Schimmoeller (12) and Derek Schimmoeller (11) led the way. The Big Green shot 43 percent by going 13-30 from inside the arc and were 5-14 (36%) from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, they continued their excellent shooting by going 11-11 for the evening. The Green only had 16 turnovers for the game and hauled down 17 boards.

The Big Green will travel to Wayne Trace Friday night for a 6 p.m. junior varsity start.

No JV game was played Saturday.



Ottoville (52)

Derek Schimmoeller 3-1-2-11, Ryan Honigford 2-1-6-13, Luke Schimmoeller 5-0-2-12, Cory Fischer 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 0-0-0-0, Austin Honigford 3-0-1-7. Totals 13-5-11-52.

Leipsic (55)

Devin Mangas 2-2-4-14, Derek Steffan 1-0-0-2, Austin Brown 7-0-8-22, Caleb Barrera 1-0-0-2, Aric Schroeder 3-0-0-6, Zach Kuhlman 0-1-0-3, Mitch Kuhlman 3-0-0-6. Totals 17-3-12-55.

Score by Quarters:

Ottoville   10-13-15-14 — 52

Leipsic     12-16-14-13 — 55


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